Dominion announces sale of Brayton Point

The Boston Globe reports that Dominion, the previous owner of Salem Harbor Station, has announced that it will sell its largest Massachusetts coal-fueled plant, Brayton Point.

Dominion Resources Inc. said Thursday it plans to get out of the wholesale power business and reduce debt by selling its massive Brayton Point plant in Somerset.

Brayton Point, which includes three coal-fired units and one operated on oil or natural gas, generates up to 1,536 megawatts of electricity, enough for about 1.5 million homes, according to the Virginia-based company. Located across Mount Hope Bay from Fall River, it has about 190 employees.

The decision to put Brayton Point on the market follows last month’s completion of a deal by Dominion to sell the Salem Harbor Power Station in Salem to Footprint Power LLC.

The closure of the Somerset plant would be a victory for the Coal Free Commonwealth campaign, which aims to shudder all the state’s coal-fired plants by 2020.